"The decider" adds "the thinker" to his chore list
Is George W. Bush's very sanity even intact anymore:
In four simple words last Friday, the President brought into sharp focus what has been only vaguely clear these past five-and-a-half years - the way the terrain at night is perceptible only during an angry flash of lightning, and then, a second later, all again is dark.
“It's unacceptable to think," he said.
It is never unacceptable to think.
And when a President says thinking is unacceptable, even on one topic, even in the heat of the moment, even in the turning of a phrase extracted from its context, he takes us toward a new and fearful path -- one heretofore the realm of science fiction authors and apocalyptic visionaries.
That flash of lightning freezes at the distant horizon, and we can just make out a world in which authority can actually suggest it has become unacceptable to think.
When rationale minds inspired the founding of, thus far, the most resilient and enduring democratic republic in history, an entirely different vision was conjured of the necessity for dissent to preserve that democracy:
"Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government.”
Keith Olbermann's response to Bush's Rose Garden tirade is everything we've been hoping for more than 5 years that someone in the mainstream press would finally say.
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